Roof Panels vs. Portable Solar Panels

Zamp Solar Trailer Solar Panel System

The season to get outside and take in a long breath of crisp mountain air is right around the corner. Now is a great time to learn more about how solar power is a clean and quiet alternative to conventional generators. Solar panels can quickly and efficiently charge your batteries ensuring you are powered through all of your adventures without the need to plug in.

Zamp Solar is the industry leader in 12-volt solar panel systems including roof mounted solar kits and portable solar panel kits. Each kit is designed and engineered to accommodate specific application needs.

Keep your boat, RV, Tiny Home, mobile office or mod shed in the shade without losing the ability to generate power. Zamp’s portable solar kits consist of non fixed solar panels designed to be placed directly in the sunlight ensuring optimum power output. From storage to operation these solar kits are easy-to-use and extremely efficient. Simply start by removing the panel from the included rigid nylon carrying case, flip out the sturdy tilt legs and quick connect the wire harness to the battery bank terminals or pre-wired solar port. The integrated solar charge controller protects your battery from being overcharged and allows you to monitor your energy levels. Explore Zamp Solar Portable Kits

Roof Mounted Solar kits are typically installed directly to the top of of an RV, tiny house or mod shed. These kits range in power output from 80-watts to 960-watts in order to fulfil the energy requirements as well as optimizing the available space. For ease of installation every Zamp Solar kit is supplied with the compatible charging controller, complete pre-terminated quick connect wiring harnesses, an expandable 3-port roof cap, and all Omni-Mount hardware necessary for installation. These kits allow you to spend less time setting up your system and more time enjoying your summertime adventures. Explore Zamp Solar Roof Mounted Kits

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California's Solar Power Struggle Is Real, Too Much Output

California will have a major power issue in 2017. They are not alone. Oregon and Washington are also facing a huge problem when it comes to the amount of power that is produced. Here is the shocking truth... Unlike in years past there is too much electricity headed onto the grid which if not controlled will overload the system. This is why the producers from solar and wind power generating facilities are being temporarily shut off.

The California solar panel farms that sprung up almost over night all over the state are doing a great job pushing power to the grid on sunny days but so are natural gas and nuclear power plants. In Oregon and Washington the snow is starting to melt in the mountains meaning hydro electric plants will be running at optimal levels pushing extreme amounts of power to the grid. This is a huge problem for the agencies in charge of balancing the power input and output loads. A wing of Tesla Motors has helped one of Californias power companies with this issue by installing large storage facilities to help maximize the efficiency of the renewable power plants by allowing for production now and consumption later. 

On a smaller scale some home owners with a hybrid setup (utilizing solar and grid power) deal with this same issue. During the day they rely on the solar power system to allow the home's electrical system to function but without an energy storage system, a home lithium battery bank, the home's electrical panel must internally switch to the grid for a steady supply of electricity.

The solution to both of these problems is right in front of us. In the future we must create an energy system that allows for the onsite or local generation of power from roof top solar panels and then the storage of that energy in onsite batteries for future use. This is similar to the systems that we, RV owners, have been loving for the past decade, but on a slightly larger scale.

If you are living off grid or just spending some time on the road in an RV a complete solar energy system is available now. In the past couple of years these deluxe roof mounted solar kits have been reengineered to be so much more efficient, and way easier to manage. Zamp Solar is a leader in compact solar energy production. Contact one of our many dealers or contact us directly and we will find a local dealer so you can start living and stop worrying about plugging in. 

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Zamp Solar Panels Charge Fire Department Emergency Vehicles

Gresham Fire Department Ambulance - Zamp Solar Powered Battery Charger -  Photo: RANDY L. RASMUSSEN/The Oregonian

Gresham Fire Department Ambulance - Zamp Solar Powered Battery Charger -  Photo: RANDY L. RASMUSSEN/The Oregonian

The Gresham Fire Department has integrated the Zamp Solar 12v battery maintaining system onto the roof's of three emergency vehicles. The new system will maintain the main batteries in order to increase the reliability when it comes to running the power intensive emergency electronic equipment. City of Gresham officials are excited to see a reduction in costs associated with maintaining their fleet of emergency vehicles. Not only can the engine be turned off during a response but the increase in battery life will pay for the system within the first year of installation. These extremely efficient Zamp Solar panels do not need direct sun light to harness the suns power. Even on cloudy days, to which Gresham sees their fare share, the panels will produce energy and charge the vehicle's batteries. 

Zamp Solar can help increase the life of infrequently used batteries like those found in an RV, ATV, or agriculture equipment. The two most commonly used products are battery tenders, and battery maintainers but at the end of the day they are both trickle chargers. The main characteristic that defines them as a trickle charger is the low amperage output, usually between 1 and 3 amps.  The process of charging lead acid batteries too quickly can cause long term damage decreasing the life.

Zamp Solar's Plug-n-Play Maintainer System Kit is intended to be a self sufficient 12-volt Battery Maintainer will maintain the batteries and keep them topped off while not in operation. By ensuring a healthy battery the system will also be extending the batteries life.


BreachBangClear Backing Sara's Van Build

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The good people at Breach Bang Clear are moving the progress of Sara's van build along with as much support as they can provide. In their words this van is going to be "B.A. Baracus and Hell Tanner worthy".

We cannot wait to see how they turn this GMC into a go anywhere do anything bunker on wheels. Check out the write up here,